In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).
Why you need to see this film?:
Melissa McCarthy is transformative in the role of Lee Israel! You leave the film unable to imagine anyone else in the role... but it was almost a completely different movie directed by Nicole Holofcener with Julianne Moore in the lead role. Weeks out from production it all went wrong, creative differences tore everything apart and the film was canned. Enter Marielle Heller, Nicole Holofcener's protege. Marielle resurrected the film and cast Melissa McCarthy in the lead with Richard E. Grant supporting. This type of turmoil usually spells disaster, but this awesome film has scored 98% on rottentomatoes.com and now Oscars rumors are circulating! Bring on the Academy Awards!
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